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Turning Guilt and Shame into Growth Opportunities

One of the most powerful deterrents to improving overall mental and spiritual health is a person’s guilt and shame. I have found in my line of work that the topic of guilt will come up in almost all of the counseling relationships I have. It is clear in reading the Bible that God wants us to have a healthy relationship with our guilt. There is a difference between false guilt and true guilt that must be separated in a person’s life. False guilt is an unnecessary burden and responsibility we … [Read more...] about Turning Guilt and Shame into Growth Opportunities

When Love Hurts

The issue of domestic violence has been in the headlines and also an issue that affects every society in this world. Awareness to problems in our country is often highlighted when the media can create a story that will gain enough interest and attention. But, sadly, we know the issue of domestic violence is not a new issue by any stretch. 90-95% of domestic violence victims are women and in homes where women are being abused, their children are much more likely to be abused as well (Department … [Read more...] about When Love Hurts

How to Avoid Becoming a Numb Nation

As I sat in church the other day looking at the Bible App on my phone, I was met with an unfortunately predictable “Breaking News” update of yet another American tragedy and murder. As I talked about this news with a few people in my class, their response was typical to where many of us are at now, “I’m not surprised, this world is falling apart.” There is little doubt that there has been an increase in senseless crimes and also an increase in the media coverage of these events. Many of us hope … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Becoming a Numb Nation

How to Avoid Jealousy and Envy

Winston Churchill explained in his famous quote that, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” In reality, a person’s attitude in life really is all important. Much of my counseling work can center around helping people accept their reality and I aim to help shape the proper attitude. Many, if not most people are guilty of having poor attitudes about themselves, the world, and God. Unfortunately, it is human nature to compare ourselves to others. Jealousy and envy are a toxic … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Jealousy and Envy

Four Signs Your Marriage is Doomed to Fail

The book of Revelation depicts in Chapter 6:1-8 a scroll in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals. Jesus opens the first four seals, which summons four horsemen. These four horsemen are meant to represent conquest, war, famine, and death, respectively. The esteemed psychologist and marriage researcher, Dr. John Gottman, has come up with his own version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. His research has found that an unhappy marriage can increase your chances of becoming … [Read more...] about Four Signs Your Marriage is Doomed to Fail

The Seeds of Bitterness

One of the hardest things to do in life is to let go of bitter feelings towards others, ourselves, and God. Bitterness is defined as an attitude of extended and intense anger and hostility. It is often joined by resentment and a desire to “get even”. It is the result of not forgiving someone and letting hurt and anger grow until the pain and resentment hurt the person’s view of life. Bitterness is also a sin that can destroy life. Romans 12:19 commands us not to seek revenge, but instead to let … [Read more...] about The Seeds of Bitterness

Man of Integrity

For a man, there are very few compliments that hold higher merit than being called a man of integrity. A good definition of integrity is, “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” As a counselor, I work with many men who strive to be men of integrity but often do not know how to live their lives in a way that represents this attribute. It can be difficult to be a man who is always honest and also lives by a set of strict principles and values. Many people will end up … [Read more...] about Man of Integrity

Turning Trauma into Strength and Growth

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my interest and fascination in the Batman story. As I’ve grown from a teenager who was fanatical into a grown man who is also still fanatical, I’ve come to realize that the reason I like the stories about Batman is because they are deeply psychological and show that growth and change are possible. Batman only became the “superhero” because of the tragedy and trauma he faced as a child that he eventually learned to overcome. Before becoming the hero, Bruce … [Read more...] about Turning Trauma into Strength and Growth

Make Time for your Marriage

Most couples when they first start dating are free from the numerous responsiblities that come with marriage. Once married, your life can become complicated with careers, financial decisions, parenting, and balancing out other social relationships. What often gets left behind and neglected is being able to enjoy quality time with one another. When my wife and I met, neither of us had any idea how much life changes once you start adding all of these responsilbilities. Our lives were focused on … [Read more...] about Make Time for your Marriage

New Article Posted Online About Enabling

Resolute Counseling was recently in the news again! An article written by Michael Linn was posted on the Public Opinion website last night. Each month, Michael Linn writes a monthly advice column for The Public Opinion which is posted on their online version and also the print edition.  This month's article is describing the problems with enabling behaviors. Click here to read the article! … [Read more...] about New Article Posted Online About Enabling

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